1. Melbourne, Florida
Best Places to Live 2018 Rank: 29
Metro Population: 560,683
Median Home Price: $163,042
Median Annual Salary: $46,520
If you’re seeking the top spot on the Best Places to Live Near the Beach list, look no further than Melbourne. Along with year-round warm weather and ample public beaches, the Melbourne metro area is also home to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. If you’re interested in playing a bigger role than just watching rockets launch into space, plenty of aerospace employers accompany other large companies in the health care and manufacturing fields.